'Pretty Little Liars' Changed Their Entire Class Setting For The TV Show

'Pretty Little Liars' Changed Their Entire Class Setting For The TV Show

If you’ve ever read the Pretty Little Liars books, you’ve probably picked up on this — but there was a big thing that was changed for the adaption.

From the very first book, even the first sentence, you’ll get the feeling that Spencer, Aria, Emily and Hanna aren’t just any teenagers. They’re the rich teenagers.

Oliver Goldstick, an executive producer on the series, revealed that they made the switch from the elite to Americana for the show.

“I came right after the pilot,” he shared about the show’s setting in Rosewood, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia. “I was kind of pleased that they took the money element out of it. Not to denigrate the books, but it was about a more elitist group of girls. And the country club stuff, there [were] debutante balls, and I think ABC Family said to [creator I. Marlene King] … ‘We’d like to take away that element.’ ”

And they did. While we still get that kind of rich element from Hanna Marin in the beginning, it’s all but gone now.

The big change came after the creative staff looked at paintings from Edward Hopper.

“We talked about wanting to create this sort of Americana, where it was a place in your imagination,” Oliver added.

“No one has towns like this anymore. Well, they do, but most of those shops are empty, as we know, in those small towns…this was supposed to have a nostalgic element to it as well, that was very Americana, small-town America, U.S.A.”

The Pretty Little Liars two-hour series finale airs Tuesday on Freeform.

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